Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2010 11:09:42 -0500
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From: Ernest Lippert <ernielippert**At_Symbol_Here**TOAST.NET>
Subject: Re: Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?
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Do you really want to put a berm around a safety shower? It's a tripping hazard.
Ernie Lippert

On 1/8/10, Samuella B. Sigmann  wrote:
> Has anyone ever considered a plastic kiddie pool?  I thought about
> storing one on each floor, but I never acted on it.  Just seemed that it
> would not hold enough.  I guess someone could bail out while in use -
> but where do you put the water if it is hazardous?  How about an
> inflatable lifeboat?  At least the water would not damage things for a
> while. :-)
> Sammye
> Margaret Rakas wrote:
>> Hi,
>> You know the science building, lots of code-meeting safety
>> showers, and of course there are no floor drains....
>> I can buy spill berms...but does anyone have any other/better responses to
>> what to do when the shower is actually used (not just testing, we've got a
>> device for that).  My understanding is a huge amount of water gushes out,
>> for 15-20 minutes, and I'm assuming the potential for leaks in the floor
>> below is another issue that needs to be dealt with.  Luckily, in my time
>> here we've only had one occasion when the shower was needed, and that was
>> in our 'old' building, but--I'd rather plan ahead.  What DO you do with
>> the water while you're waiting for the hazmat response/cleanup team to
>> arrive?
>> So if anyone has a recommendation or a "this is what happened to us" story
>> that I could learn from...
>> Many thanks,
>> Margaret
>> Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
>> Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
>> Clark Science Center
>> Smith College
>> Northampton, MA. 01063
>> p:  413-585-3877
>> f:   413-585-3786

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